Three things to watch on Donald Trump’s foreign trip
President Donald Trump landed in Saudi Arabia Saturday for his first stop overseas since taking office, a visit originally meant to bolster global partnerships but which aides now hope can reset a scandal-pocked narrative back home.
“The White House can’t change the headlines that will follow wherever he goes”.
United States law enforcement uses the term “a person of interest” to mean someone who is part of a criminal investigation but not arrested or formally accused of a crime.
“I just fired the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation”.
“In the formal meetings, he will press America’s economic agenda and call for greater security cooperation”, he said.
Mr Trump met with the Russians on May 10, the day after he fired Mr Comey.
On Saturday morning, Amin Nasser, the chief executive of Saudi oil giant Aramco, said $50bn (£38bn) of deals would be signed with 11 U.S. companies. Reuters was not immediately able to verify the accuracy of that account. In addition, Comey agreed to testify at an open hearing of the Senate intelligence committee in the near future, the panel said.
To do so, he will need to make a clean break with the rhetoric of his campaign that too often blurred the lines between Islam at large and “radical Islam” – like when he said he believed “Islam hates us” in a CNN interview in March 2016. The May 14-18 opinion poll found that 38% of adults approved of Trump while 56% disapproved.
The “Arab Nato” summit — being held to develop a security partnership against a growing threat of violent extremism — will also be attended by US President Donald Trump.
“Everybody, even my enemies, have said there is no collusion”, he replied.
He has strongly criticised the decision to appoint a special counsel to oversee an inquiry into alleged Russian influence on the USA election. Don’t expect this White House to provoke much friction with Riyadh. He also told them that firing Comey had “taken off” the “great pressure” he was feeling from the investigation, the Times reported.
For ex-CIA analyst Bruce Riedel, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, the comparison that springs most obviously to mind is with Nixon’s 1974 trip to the Middle East, which he hoped would yield a diplomatic success to “divert attention away from the Watergate scandal”.
Democratic Senator Edward Markey called them “seismic revelations” and questioned whether the United States might be heading into a constitutional crisis.
“For them, Donald Trump is a very understandable and relatable individual”, Feierstein said.
“While we need these Arab governments and Muslim governments as our allies, we also need to send a message to the people in these Muslim countries that we support their rights”, said Radwan Masmoudi, president of the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy.
Secondly, the Washington Post are reporting that a law enforcement investigation into the alleged possible coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump Presidential campaign have identified a senior White House adviser as a significant person of interest. But he added: “I haven’t lost my confidence in the president to be our president, I just haven’t”.
His first stop is Saudi Arabia, where he will give a speech Sunday in hopes of building a coalition among Arab states to fight terrorism.
Saudi Arabia is the first stop on a four-nation, five-stop tour that will also take Trump to Israel, Italy and Belgium before President Donald Trump returns to the White House at the end of next week.
Trump intends to condemn Syria’s President Bashar Assad for committing “unspeakable crimes against humanity” and Iran for contributing to spiraling violence in Syria.